Local bars gearing up to reopen this week

Starting this week, social businesses like gyms, camps, and bars will be allowed to reopen in some California counties.

Posted: Jun 9, 2020 11:19 AM
Updated: Jun 9, 2020 11:19 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Starting this week, social businesses like gyms, camps, and bars will be allowed to reopen in California, state health officials said, in counties that hit the milestones for coronavirus testing and infection rates that permit the next reopening phase.

Action News Now spoke with the bar manager at Quackers Lounge and SOL Mexican Grill, they both said they plan to limit space at the bar, once they're allowed to open it.

Sol and Quackers lounge are both making sure every employee wears a mask while serving. Along with spacing dinners six feet apart.

Both the restaurant’s are removing condiments, salt and pepper shakers, and napkin dispensers off of the bar and dining tables.

Bar manager at SOL, Paul Lampright, said that they have also shut down their salsa bar.

“People who do come in will be drinking and eating a margarita, that’s just kind of the crowd that we have," said Lampright. "If they're in the same group like a husband and wife and they want to sit close to each other, we aren’t really super strict on that but we are watching the different groups to make sure people respect that social distancing.”

Lampright said they’ve lost some staff but are working to get a full team again.

However, it's not just about limiting space to keep customers and employees safe.

"We got these new restaurant menus, we spray them between every use," said hostess, Jessica Hyatt. "It takes one minute for the spray to dry, there are stickers on the floor for every six feet. There's one here to keep them away from my hostess spot. And outside we have more stickers to back up the line, especially us employees we don't congregate in any areas."

Currently, Quackers is open only as a restaurant - at least until Friday.

"You still have to order food, you can't just come for the bar, we have to follow the rules," said bartender, Tara Simpson. 

One thing Quackers did to help with social distancing is to create an outside patio. It takes up at least four parking spots in front of Quackers. Simpson said the patio is dog friendly and they are hoping to get misters outside there as well.

"When we first opened we were limiting the number of drinks," said Simpson. "We have a certain amount of people on each shift so people don't have to bus their own table or touch anything else. We still make you order food per drinks but we don't limit the number of drinks. Our regulars are really wanting the barstools to open up because they have been coming here for 20 years sitting at the bar rolling dice, sitting here having drinks after golf. I'm pretty sure the day we're allowed to open the bar back up that we're going to open it up."

Like other bars, Simpson said they are sanitizing everything and want to remind everyone they are following the CDC guidelines.

Both SOL and Quackers will be continuing to-go food and drinks for those that still aren't comfortable coming out.

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